At the same time when the Swiss “Basel” will accept on the home field of the Austrian CARESSES, the match will be held in Cluj-Napoca: Romanian CFR Cluj will meet with Scottish “Celtic” is also in the framework of the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League.
Unlike pairs, which will play in parallel, neither the hosts nor the guests are not guaranteed a place in the group stage: the winner will play in the playoffs of UEFA Champions League against Prague “Slavia” and then just continue performance in the Europa League, but the losing team will have to fight for getting into the Europa League group stage with Moldavian “the Sheriff” or the Swedish AIK, depending on who will remain in the tournament.
- CFR Cluj
- The coefficients and forecast
The Romanian team won the First League title last season, but the championship did not give her any privileges, what have other teams from other countries, so the selection for the Champions League it started with the very first round (at least not with advanced).
In the first round of the CFR played against Astana: lost 1:0 away, but won a home victory with the score 3:1 and then passed on. And there is the team from Cluj-Napoca confronted Maccabi of the Israeli tel Aviv — the minimum home win and an away draw 2:2 brought to the meeting, “Cluj” with “Celtic”.
The new season for “railroad” started in early July with the match for the Supercup of Romania against “Viitorul” from Constanta — since then, the team played 8 matches and 7 ended without defeat.
In 5 of these 7 previous matches the winning goal was scored in the first half, and in 5 games scored and Cluj, and his rivals, but only 2 of these confrontations, the Romanian team played in front of their fans.
The Scottish team also began its journey in the Champions League first qualifying round, but neither that, nor the next stage of the qualifying tournament opponents are unable to generate issues that could not be resolved.
In the first match of the first round Celtic were already with one foot in round 2, beating the visiting Bosnian “Sarajevo” 1:3, and home win 2:1 only cemented the success of the team from the UK. And then the representatives of the Glasgow left no chance of Estonian “nõmme Kalju”, defeating him with the score 0:2 and 5:0.
Same — 7 goals — “the Celts” scored “St. Johnston” in the first round of the new season of Premiership, but all this guests are missed in one game. In the end, Celtic had not lost any of their 11 previous matches and won the last 4.
This is already the 3rd consecutive round that a team from Scotland will start with away match. Previous pair ended with her victory.
The coefficients and forecast
Guests once again considered favorites to win the first match of the round:
2.8–3.0: win CFR Cluj;
2.4–2.6: victory for Celtic.
And overall they have more chances to enter the playoffs of UEFA Champions League:
2.8–3.4: passage “Cluj”;
1.3–1.4: the passage “Celtic”.
It is difficult to imagine that any “Cluj” at home or “Celtic” just does not score. Once there is a bet on goals from both teams? Yes, with initially high ratios of any combination do not need to think.